Thursday, September 09, 2004

Saints Come Marching

Jim Haslett has changed the tone around the Superdome. The Saints are not going to play around this season. It is time to get down to business.
"That's the nature of this business," Haslett said. "If you don't win, you're going to be in the hot seat."

In the offseason the coaches and players met and set up a new, more businesslike atmosphere and environment. Before training camp began, the tables where players spent their time between practice and meetings playing dominoes and cards were gone from the locker room.

Cell phones, which last year provided an almost constant background of rings and chatter, were banned from the locker rooms. So were boom boxes and video games.

"It's a more professional approach," said general manager Mickey Loomis. "We just want the players to be thinking about football the minute they come through the gate."

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